Nicknamed “Torc,” this ‘Cuda is the Ultimate Mopar, powered by Cummins diesel engine with 1,500hp and colossal 3,000 ft/lbs of asphalt-shredding torque.
Diesel swaps have been getting crazy in the past year. There are now more twin-turbo and tri-turbo setups than ever. Some people have even strapped several cans of NOS just to make sure there’s enough power.
Randy Weaver of Weaver Customs in Sandy, Utah, was looking to build torque in his version of a monster Mopar, but he wanted more than what was available in a gas-fueled engine. As he puts it, “We wanted to do something unique that had never been done before. We love a challenge!” That challenge came when it was time to put some low-end grunt under the hood of this 1970 ‘Cuda accurately named “Torc”. Too much was nowhere near enough and Randy knew he needed the kind of stump-pulling power that only diesel fuel could provide. Known more for their torque than high-revving horsepower, Randy knew that diesel was the way to go. Under the hood, a compound turbo 6.7-liter Cummins diesel has forged internals, dual fuelers, custom intake and NOS.
To make sure all that force makes it to the wheels, a fully-manual 48RE transmission featuring a Turbo-Hydro 400 output conversion from Randy’s Transmissions stands between the twist of the full-bore Cummins and the grip of those Mickey Thompson SR radials wrapped around Forgeline Dropkick wheels (18×8 up front, 20×15 rear).
It’s not as easy putting a Cummings diesel into a muscle car as it is with a pickup truck, which is why it required a recess in the front bumper and an exhaust system coming out from the trunk to make it fit. The full custom Roadster Shop chassis and Ridetech coilovers that this car sits on deliver a killer stance, and the 14″ Wilwood brakes are just what it takes to get this rocket stopped.
“Torc” knows no boundaries and has a fearsome appearance.